Great Gatsby Opinion Essay
The book The Great Gatsby there are many themes, characters, and motifs. F. S. Fitzgerald uses all of them very well. That is why The Great Gatsby is one the greatest novels of all time. Its based on finding love in a world where its hard to find. In the novel Fitzgerald shows the many sides to life. The rich, the poor and the in between. He tells the story of a man who came from nothing and became very rich. He truly showed the difference between rich people and middle to low class people and how far some people will go for love.
He also showed how having a character narrate can’t be all that bad and he made you think before calling someone great. In the novel Fitzgerald had Nick Carraway, one of the characters, narrate in the first person during the whole book. I felt that he chose the right path in a sense that you get to see it through a normal persons eyes instead of an omniscient narrator. In another way he lost some of the effect of knowing all the details about each characters lives and knowing all their emotions. He left that up to the reader to decide.
In chapter three rich people in my opinion are being described as people who just show up to other rich peoples party’s. Nick said he was one of the few who had actually been invited while the rest of them had been driven there. He said that some of them wouldn’t even be introduced to Gatsby, they just showed up and left. He also makes it seem like they really don’t care for anyone else except themselves. As if they are better than anyone else because they have much more money than everyone else. F. S. Fitzgerald wrote his novel during the 1920’s.
This was probably the biggest decade in american history. We have fashion changes, behavioral changes and many more. In my opinion the characters portrayed his life at the time. He was a huge writer at the time. In a sense he might of felt that he was being self centered. The events that occur in the book are based on America at the time. Fitzgerald was portraying the American dream to become rich. In my opinion this was his dream and he had achieved it but was telling the story through his novel. Towards the end of the book, Gatsby and Daisy are coming back from
New York City and they strike and kill Myrtle, Tom’s mistress, with Gatsby’s blue/light green car. When Tom and Nick follow behind and see the accident scene they stop to see what happened. There they heard that a blue car like Gatsby’s had struck her. They told George, Merle’s widowed husband, that it was Gatsby who was driving. George killed Gatsby. I feel that it was mostly Tom’s fault for killing Gatsby. He knew that Daisy was driving but I feel he envied Gatsby so much it drove him to tell George that he did it.
I also feel it was Gatsby’s own fault. He let love get in the way of reality. He thought he could have Daisy but there was no way on earth he could ever get her. When asked the question if I think Gatsby was worthy of the title Great, I would say yes and no. Yes because of what he went through. He gave up the love of his life for the military and when he got back he bettered his life and became a millionaire. No because of what he was trying to do as an adult. He was trying to find love in a place where no matter how hard he tried he would never find it.
He went after his lifelong sweetheart when she was already married and with children. In a sense of his journey to wealth I would consider him Great. In the way of his morals and his way of finding love I would say he isn’t worthy of that title. All in all I think Gatsby meant no harm. He was just blinded and he couldn’t open his eyes to see the truth. We all do that sometimes and we learn from it. Unfortunately Gatsby wasn’t able to learn from his mistakes. He payed the price. He died for love.